This year(2016) my skin has been through hell and back.
Starting with the dramatic change from using Clinique and Neutrogena, to going all organic, natural, and toxic free face cleansing routine.
Now, you would think that by getting rid of all those toxic chemicals that I was using on my face will make it better, glowing right away, and healthy right? Same here. Unfortunately, that is not what happened. In fact, the exact opposite happened.
My face began to freak out, I had an allergic reaction after about two months into going green.
As you can see, there are small red spots all over my cheeks, not acne marks, allergy marks, but from what if I was using all natural, safe, amazing products?! I tried to figure it all out myself, cutting out certain foods like eggs and peanuts, to only washing my face with water. No change showed on my face and because I literally was only using water on my face to wash and no lotions, it was becoming dry, and even more irritated!
I had enough, and scheduled an allergy testing appointment.
I began with food allergies, which specifically tested all the oils, nuts, etc. The only thing I was found sensitivity for was olive oil. OLIVE OIL guys, who would have EVER guessed this! I went home, and sure enough all the products I was using had olive oil! My shampoo, my moisturizer, and even my makeup! I decided this testing was not enough for me and called a dermatologist to schedule an appointment. We discovered I had dermatitis type 4. This is contact dermatitis meaning that whenever my skin gets in contact with whatever ingredient it does not like, it freaks out. She proceeded with a patch test (which is torture!) looks like this:These stickers had squares of different chemicals and oils in them and I had to stay with them for three days two nights. It was really hard, itchy, uncomfortable, and did I mentions I was not allowed to shower?! In the end, it helped a ton, and here were the results:
I am allergic to all these preservatives, Nickel, and lets not forget, olive oil! I tested my waters (At the time I was living in an old home in Boston and found out the pipes were extremely outdates and therefore the water contained so many traces of metals!
This year (2018) I have my skin FULLY back to its normal state (and even better I’d say).
I found my holly grails in terms of skincare and they are all listed under Shop My Favorites for everything including makeup, but my top 4 brands that I use daily are FitGlow Beauty, Vapour Beauty, CocoKind, and Bogavia.
It was a long long journey to find a true non-toxic beauty products regime for all of my makeup, skincare, facial care, dental care, etc. but SO SO worth it !! I hope this helps encourage some of you out there making your way into a cleaner and safer life!